The Minister of Aviation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, says the ministry has started receiving proposals from interested investors who want to partner the government to establish a national airline.

Although she declined to give details of the number of proposals received, she said the plan of the government was to establish a national airline based on a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement “so that we can have a more effective airline and restore the pride of Ghana in the air.”

Dapaah was speaking during a visit to the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in Accra to familiarise herself with the operations of the authority.

No new airline

Dapaah indicated that the government does not intend to revive the defunct Ghana International Airlines, but rather introduce a new national carrier which will operate on the West Coast and restore “Ghana’s pride in the air.”

She stated that the government was determined to develop Ghana’s airline industry to make it the aviation hub in the West African sub-region.

In line with that objective, she said, the government would focus on the development of airstrips and helipads to encourage tourism and ease international medical evacuation.

Dapaah commended the staff and management of the GCAA for working tirelessly to put Ghana’s name on the international aviation map and urged them to manage and maintain the equipment of the company.

“Work in peace and harmony and endeavour to take care of the equipment,” she said, and entreated the management of GCAA to endeavour to replace all old equipment to ensure a good working environment for the workers.

Declaring that she would operate an open-door ministry, Dapaah urged the workers and managers of GCAA to feel free to share with her constructive ideas which would contribute to the growth of the aviation industry and the economic growth of the nation.